The Sooty Show

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The Sooty Show
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The Sooty Show opening theme, 1981-1984.
Format Children's, Comedy
Presented by Harry Corbett (1955-1975)
Matthew Corbett (1976-1992)
Starring Marjorie Corbett
(The voice of Soo from
1964-1980)

Brenda Longman
(The voice of Soo from
1981-1992)
Composer(s) Alan Braden
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 43 (1955-1992)
No. of episodes 481 (1955-1992)
Production
Location(s) Teddington Studios
Running time 10-20 minutes
Production company(s) BBC (1955-1967)
Thames Television
(1968-1992)
Distributor Fremantle Media
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
ITV
Original run 24 July 1955 (1955-07-24) – 30 November 1992 (1992-11-30)
Chronology
Followed by Sooty & Co. (1993–)

The Sooty Show is a British children's television series that aired on BBC Television from 1955 until 1967 when the BBC eventually cancelled The Sooty Show after Paul Fox, the then-controller of BBC One at the time, cleared out some of the long running shows.

After it was cancelled by the BBC that year, The Sooty Show swiftly moved to ITV shortly after the launch of Thames Television in 1968, where the series remained until Thames lost its ITV franchise in 1992.

It features the glove puppet characters Sooty, Sweep (who first appeared in 1957) and Soo (first appeared in 1964), and follows them in their many mischievous adventures. The show was presented from the 1955 to 1975 by Harry Corbett, and from 1976 to 1992 by his son, Matthew, as he bought the rights for Sooty for £35,000 from his father, and acted as the token human being. In 1981, The Sooty Show changed from a sketch-based format with a studio audience into a more sitcom-based format set in the Sooteries cottage.

In 1992, The Sooty Show concluded its final series, when Thames Television lost its franchise as part of the ITV network. So, in 1993 (nearly a year after the series was concluded), the show was replaced/succeeded by Sooty & Co., also presented by Matthew Corbett and was made by Granada TV in Manchester, North-West of England.

A variety of The Sooty Show episodes are available to watch on YouTube - Classic Sooty Show Episodes

Characters[edit]

  • Sooty - A mute yellow bear who is the protagonist of the show. He owns a magic wand whose power is invoked using the words "Izzy wizzy, let's get busy!".
  • Sweep - A grey dog with a penchant for bones and sausages. Known for communicating using bizarre squeaks (these were achieved by original puppeteer Leslie Corbett inserting a reed from an saxophone in his mouth to create Sweep's distinctive squeaks).
  • Soo - A calm and collected female panda with a normal human voice, who acts as the foil for both Sooty and Sweep. Usually wears a red skirt. Originally voiced by Harry Corbett's wife Marjorie Corbett from 1964 to 1981 and later voiced by Brenda Longman from 1981 up to the present day.
  • Butch - A dark brown dog, similar to Sweep but able to talk. Introduced by Harry Corbett in the early 1970s, but withdrawn by Matthew in 1980 returning to play the part of a villain.
  • Ramsbottom - A brown snake who spoke in a deep Yorkshire accent and had the habit of telling rather convoluted stories and ditties.
  • Little Cousin Scampi - Sooty's cousin, also mute like Sooty. Introduced in an episode of the same title in 1990 and became a regular character from 1991.
  • Snuffles the Rabbit - Appeared in one episode, was very greedy and consequently annoying throughout the episode but turned out to be well-meaning as it drew to a close.

Episodes[edit]

UK VHS & DVD Releases[edit]

VHS Title Release Date Episodes
The Adventures of Sooty 1986 Sleepwalking, Snuffles, The Magic Show, Sooty's Panto
Sooty & Superdog 1986 All Blocked Up, The Dancer, Superdog
Sooty - Out and About 1987 Stately Home, Rabbit Trap, Football Crazy
Sooty and Co & Sooty's House 1987 On the Piste, Down Dog, Marathon, Perfume, Bad Luck, White Lies
Sooty - The Big Surprise 1988 The Big Surprise, Return of Superdog, Overnight Away
Sooty - Sooty's Time Capsule/Ventriloquism 1988 Time Capsule, Ventriloquism
The Sooty Christmas Show 1988 The Sooty Christmas Show, Hidden Talent
Children's Favourites 1988 Burglar Box (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Sooty's School Trip 1989 School Trip, Tap Time, Moving House
Children's Favourites: Bedtime Stories 1989 Star Gazing (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Sooty's Restaurant 1989 Restaurant, Health Food
Sooty's Stately Home and Other Stories 1989 Stately Home, Ancestors, Millionaire
Sooty's Magic Lamp and Other Stories 1989 Sooty's Magic Lamp, Cuddly Toys, Make and Do
Children's Favourites Vol. 3 1989 Amateur Dramatics (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Sooty's Christmas Party and Other Stories 1989 Sooty's Christmas Party, Royalty, Get Your Skates on
Children's Summer Stories 1989 Messing About in Boats (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Children's Club: Children's Favourites 1989 When I Was a Lad (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Button Moon'.)
Little Cousin Scampi and Other Stories 1990 Little Cousin Scampi, Sticky Situation, Gardeners for Hire
The Good, The Bad and The Furry 1990 The Good, The Bad and The Furry (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow'.)
Sooty Wants a Pet 1990 Sooty Wants a Pet, The Unreal Ghostbusters, In Camera
Children's Holiday Favourites 1990 A Very Special Day (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow' and 'Rod, Jane and Freddy'.)
Sooty's Golf Crazy Golf 1990 Sooty's Crazy Golf, Down Under, Grin and Bear it
Sooty's Bumper Special 1990 Inventors, Fat and 40, Stay Awake, Nothing Ever Happens, Bowled Over
Sooty - Sooty's Favourite Stories 1990 Radio Control Car, Honking Nose, Sweep's Family
Sooty Video Fun Pack 1990 Izzy Wizzy, Love a Duck
Sooty - Sooty's Big Time Video 1991 Just Not Cricket, Bangers and Smash, Water Sports, Dyb, Dyb Disaster
Sooty - Matt Robot and Other Stories 1991 Matt Robot, Return of Scampi, Car Boot Sale
Sooty - Hair Today and Other Stories 1991 Hair Today, Derek's Back, Any 5-Year-Old Can Do it
Sooty - Only Joking and Other Stories 1991 Only Joking, Boarding House, Bored Games
Sooty - Three Men in a Boat and Other Stories 1991 Three Men in a Boat, Swinging the Lead, Cars, Trains, Boats and Planes
Sooty - What a Load of Rubbish & Collecting 1992 What a Load of Rubbish, Collecting
The Christmas Collection 1992 Early Christmas (Compilation VHS with 'Rainbow and 'Wind in the Willows'.)
My Bumper Christmas Sooty 1997 A Summertime Christmas, Little Terrors, Sooty's Christmas Party, Sooty's Busy Christmas
Sooty - Biggest Party Video 1998 Happy Birthday Sooty, Back to Front, Soo's Party Problem, Sweep's Family, Bored Games
Sooty - Wet & Wild Water Fun 2000 A Very Special Day, Three Men in a Boat, Water Sports
Cult Kids Classics 2 2001 Superdog (Compilation VHS with 'Jamie and the Magic Torch', 'Danger Mouse', 'Chorlton and the Wheelies', 'Rainbow' and 'Count Duckula'.)
Sweep Superdog 2001 Superdog and the Comedian, Bouncers, Hot Stuff, Sweep's Family, Honking Nose, Swinging the Lead
DVD Title Release Date Episodes
Cult Kids Classics 2 2001 Superdog (Compilation DVD with 'Jamie and the Magic Torch', 'Danger Mouse', 'Chorlton and the Wheelies', 'Rainbow' and 'Count Duckula'.)
Sweep Superdog 2001 Superdog and the Comedian, Bouncers, Hot Stuff, Sweep's Family, Honking Nose, Swinging the Lead
Classic Kids Hits: from School Disco 2003 Super Star (Compilation DVD with 'Danger Mouse', 'Rainbow', 'Button Moon', 'Chorlton and the Wheelies' and 'Jamie and the Magic Torch'.)
Sooty - Wet & Wild Water Fun 2007 A Very Special Day, Three Men in a Boat, Water Sports
The Sooty Show - Izzy Wizzy 2008 Izzy Wizzy, Little Terrors, Sooty's Magic Lamp
The Sooty Show - Happy Birthday, Sooty 2008 Happy Birthday, Sooty, Sooty Wants a Pet, Honking Nose
Sooty - The Big Surprise 2010 The Big Surprise, Hidden Talent, Sticky Situation, Little Cousin Scampi, Fanatical Fun

Also, in January 2008, a promotional DVD containing 5 early 80s episodes was distributed by The Times newspaper, for Fremantle Media. The episodes featured were: Bob a Job; Safety First; Sleep Walking; Connie Comes to Tea and Sooty's Christmas Panto.

Other Sooty-based shows[edit]

Below is a list of other Sooty-based shows, after The Sooty Show.

Title original run
The Sooty Show
1955–1992
Learn with Sooty!
1989-1991
Sooty & Co.
1993–1998
Sooty's Amazing Adventures!
1996-1997
Sooty Heights
1999–2000
Sooty's Magic Show!
2000-2002
Sooty
2001–2004
Sooty
2011–present

Broadcast[edit]

Country Channel
 Italy Rai 2 1983-1996
 Hong Kong TVB Jade
 Singapore MediaCorp
 Portugal RTP RTP2 1989
 Finland MTV2
 Peru TV Peru 1981 - 1984
 Philippines GMA Network
 Norway TV2
 Thailand TIGA
 France TF1 1977-1988
 Indonesia B Channel
 United Kingdom BBC
 Israel Israeli Educational Television

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